Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.: Experiences at the CNPS Conference, January 2015, with chapter members: Chapter members Jane Tirrell and Naomi Fraga will speak about their experiences and things they learned at the CNPS conference at San Jose in January.
Also, Genny Arnold and Madena Asbell from Theodore Payne Foundation will speak about their local source initiative, which they presented at the CNPS Conference. See: http://theodorepayne.org/nursery/local-source-initiative/ Genny will give a slightly expanded version of the CNPS talk, and Medena will speak about a related poster.
The Theodore Payne Foundation’s Local Source Initiative (LSI) is a collaboration between the seed and nursery programs that provides Los Angeles-area residents with native plants sourced from local populations. While the conversation surrounding the definition of a locally-sourced plant is ongoing in restoration and horticulture circles, within the context of the LSI program "local source" indicates that the plant is parented within a specific watershed and local mountain range. This program is an effort to protect biodiversity, to provide gardeners with plants adapted to local environments, and to raise interest in the preservation of local habitat. The LSI aims to preserve biodiversity by increasing the number of plants from local genetic sources in urban, suburban and wild-land interface landscapes, thereby supporting biological relationships based on genetic adaptations specific to plant and pollinator populations. Locally-sourced plants may be well-adapted to the garden conditions in which they are placed, potentially increasing chances for viable horticultural performance. The public response to this program has been positive and has raised interest in the topic of appreciating and preserving our local habitat. These collections are made exclusively under permit or Memorandum of Understanding and are conducted using ethical protocols. LSI plants are legally and conscientiously obtained, serving to protect wild populations from illegal and uneducated harvesting.
Genevieve Arnold has worked with California native plants and seeds for more than a decade. Prior to her current position as Seed Program Manager at the Theodore Payne Foundation, she served as Seed Conservation Program Technician and Caretaker of Research Plant Collections at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Her experience with seeds has given her an appreciation for seed physiology and for the unique form, beauty and resilience of native plants in all their phases. She enjoys sowing and harvesting wildflower seeds, cultivating a native garden at home, and hiking in our local wilderness areas to observe plants in their natural habitats. Genevieve holds a BA in English from Whitman College.
Madena Asbell has been working with California native plants in southern California for the past 15 years. She has an M.F.A. in Photography from CalArts, and has worked as a landscape designer specializing in native plants. Her particular interests include plant-insect relationships and how native plants can be used to create both beautiful and biologically diverse gardens within an urban setting. She is currently Director of Horticulture at the Theodore Payne Foundation.